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HCRI Stuttering Therapy and Support Tools Echo 2012 Trends for More Personal Health Monitoring
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The behavioral stuttering therapy and technology-driven tools provided by Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI –, a non-profit center specializing in stuttering research and therapy innovation, are in lockstep with growing consumer trends for more do-it-yourself health management and monitoring.

This week, research organization published its report on the 12 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2012, which includes the spiraling use of new apps and devices to evaluate personal health. Based on the ever-increasing desire among consumers to “discreetly track and manage their health by themselves,” do-it-yourself monitoring is listed as’s second most important trend for the coming year. (For the full list of the 12 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2012 published by, visit

“Our approach to stuttering treatment and post-therapy support are consistent with this 2012 trend," said HCRI President Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. "At our stuttering therapy center, we help people retrain their speech muscles to generate fluent speech, which puts them in control of their stuttering. Then, to maintain long-term fluency, we provide clients with ongoing clinician support and an arsenal of self-directed tools, including a web-based fluency practice system and a proprietary app that runs on iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads,” Webster added.

According to a September, 2011 report by MobiHealthNews, a company that chronicles the healthcare sector’s adoption of mobile technology, there are close to 9,000 mobile health apps – and that number is expected to increase by more than 30 percent over the next six months. While the majority of apps are offered to the public through Apple’s app store, HCRI’s fluency practice app is only available through the Institute to people who have participated in HCRI’s 12-day stuttering therapy program. Designed to reinforce and hone fluency skills learned during treatment, HCRI’s app is provided free to all clients.

Similar to the app, HCRI’s internet-based home practice system, FluencyNet, helps clients review and fine-tune their speaking skills using the same physical measurements used during HCRI therapy. The Institute’s program participants also benefit from other post-therapy support including clinician follow-up; refresher courses; fluency practice groups and conference calls; HCRI-produced CDs and program manuals; and client events.

The Institute offers 17 stuttering therapy programs annually. Treatment involves teaching people how to replace faulty speech muscle movements that cause stuttering with new muscle behaviors that generate fluency. Research shows that 93 percent of HCRI clients achieve fluent speech by the end of their 12-day treatment program. Follow-up studies show 70 to 75 percent of program participant maintain fluency for the long-term.

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About HCRI

Hollins Communications Research Institute was founded by Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. in 1972 to investigate stuttering through scientific discovery and treatment innovation. Under Dr. Webster’s direction, Roanoke, Virginia-based HCRI, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, has become an international leader in stuttering research and the development of innovative, scientifically based therapy approaches.

HCRI clinicians have treated more than 6,000 people, aged 9 to 73, from across the U.S. and 47 other countries. Clients come from all walks of life and include broadcaster John Stossel of Fox News; Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn; as well as athletes, teachers, engineers, students, doctors, military personnel, a supreme court nominee, business professionals, police officers, actors, and even royalty.

HCRI is located at 7851 Enon Drive, Roanoke, Va. 24019. The website address is Contact HCRI at 855-236-7032 (toll-free), 540-265-5650, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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